January 19, 2021

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Heartbreaking scenes at hero volunteer firefighter’s funeral

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<p>NSW RFS volunteer Andrew O'Dwyer's daughter would not leave her dad's coffin during the service in Sydney.</p>

The daughter of a volunteer firefighter killed in the line of duty would not leave his coffin during the funeral honouring her heroic father.

Andrew O'Dwyer, a member of the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade in Sydney's west, died on December 19 when the truck he was travelling in rolled off the road when a tree fell in the town of Buxton south-west of Sydney.

Fellow volunteer Geoffrey Keaton, 32, was also killed in the tragedy. The firefighters were both dads of 19-month old toddlers who were born within two days of each other.

Andrew O'Dwyer's daughter at his funeral.Volunteer firefighter Andrew O'Dwyer with his partner Mel with their young daughter Charlotte. (Facebook)Sydney dads Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O'Dwyer were killed when a fire truck rolled as they fought bushfires in NSW.

Today Mr O'Dwyer was remembered in a service attended by hundreds, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny.

During the emotional service, the firefighter's young daughter Charlotte refused to leave her father's side, walking around his coffin and wearing her dad's helmet.

His partner Mel had joined the NSW Rural Fire Service to spend more time with Mr O'Dwyer.

Outside, colleagues lined the road as a fire truck inscribed with "In Memory of Andrew O'Dwyer" drove slowly.

His coffin was draped in a bright red NSW Rural Fire Service flag and carried by friends.

The bushfires in NSW alone have burned through an estimated 4 million hectares since the season began in August last year.

At last count 1,588 homes had been destroyed, and a further 653 have been damaged in the state.

Colleagues farewell Andrew O'Dwyer.His coffin was draped in a bright red RFS flag.His name was written on a fire truck.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australia-bushfires-nsw-rfs-volunteer-firefighter-andrew-odwyer-funeral/537a2c22-f019-4ac3-b48b-623392e5bd1d

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